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Archival Videos: How Adoptions from Korea Began

In 1956, following the Korean War, Harry and Bertha Holt adopted eight Korean children and become pioneers in intercountry adoption. These newsreels were presented to the American public as part of the Holts' much-publicized campaign to bring Korean War orphans for adoption into American homes.

Harry Holt himself added eight infants and toddlers to his own biological six children.

The press coverage of Holt's campaign was so successful that they formally instituted a large-scale adoption program that placed Korean children into American families.

For more information about Holt International, visit the organization's website.

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